Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new - 2 Corinthians 5:17
I have been working out on a consistent basis for over 20 years. For those that knew me back in the day, they were aware that I weighed 135 pounds on a good day. What a lot of my old friends don't know is how I came to start working out.
It started when I was separated (and eventually divorced) from my first wife. She had a membership at the local gym. I went in to cancel it and looked around at all of the people working out. After much debate, I told the owner that I had originally come in to cancel the membership, but now decided to transfer it into my name and I would start working out. What was I thinking? I will never forget my first days working out. I had too much pride to ask anyone for help. I would stand off to the side and watch the experienced guys lift and I would then get on the machine when they finished and imitate what I saw them do. Unfortunately, if anyone looked at me or gave any indication that they wanted to use the equipment, I would immediately stop my exercise and shrink back into the shadows.
Men, does this sound familiar? How often has God taken us to a new place and when we are faced with adversity, we fall back into old familiar habits because we are afraid of the person that we can become. We are terrified of change. As Zig Ziglar stated, "the only person that likes change is a wet baby." In order to grow, we have to change. We have to become the new creation and put away the old things in order to become effective. I had to continue going to the gym to work out in an effort to get better and reach my goals. Not only does this hold true in the fitness arena, it also holds true in business. I will give you a great example. In my line of business, I have to contact clients. They are times that I will call in an attempt to contact them and reach their voicemail. I would then follow up with a text and get an immediate response. This was difficult for me to accept since I was use to the old way of doing business and speaking to someone directly. I had to change my way of doing business because the times have changed. Refusing to do this would greatly reduce my effectiveness in my position. The same goes with your faith walk. In 2 Corinthians, Paul talks about the people adopting new principles and having a new heart created within him since our old heart was filled with sin toward God and our fellow man. Realizing that you are a new creation is the first step toward living the life that we are called as men to do.
ACTION PLAN: Think about the times that you had to do something new and leave your old habits behind. How did it feel? How were you able to adjust?
Please take the time to leave a comment on the steps you will use to address change. As always, if you find value in this, please forward to someone else.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.